You know the feeling. You've agreed dinner out with friends or family but you're concerned.... What if you look at the menu of the restaurant in question and there's nothing you can eat? (And we all know a bowl of fries don't count).
Folks. I've been there, I've done that and I hate nothing more. Allow me to help you take the stress out of socialising by pointing you in the direction of some top Gluten-Free Friendly hotspots:
Gluten Free Again
Mamasita's: Yes, it's a Melbourne institution, and yes - it's super busy. But this Collins St Mexican Eatery is coeliac heaven. Nearly everything on the menu is gluten free. Get in early though, there's a no-reservations policy and tables tend to get snapped up in the blink of an eye. (Also try: Trippy Taco, Collingwood).
Cafe Romantica: One of the ever elusive treasures of a GF foodie always tends to be a good pizza. Well at Cafe Romantica (Lygon St, Brunswick East) this is no longer a dream - but a distinct probability. Run by an Italian family with gluten intolerance in their midst, this is some of the best (and most reasonably priced) GF pizza and pasta in Melbourne. Even better - they're open super late too. (Also try: Cafe Vicolo, Young St Moonee Ponds - the best risotto ever).
Fitzroy Curry House: Missing the days of mopping up your curry with a warm piece of naan? Be sad no more. Fitzroy Curry House (240 Johnston St) and sister establishment Carlton Curry House (108 Lygon St) serve delicious, hot GF naans to go with their equally delicious GF curries. Yum, yum, yum.
Red Spice Road: Feel like an Asian hit? The good news is that most South East Asian food is naturally GF. But no one does it better than Red Spice Road (McKillop St, City). Think delicious, sticky pork belly, thai curries, stir-fry... the lot. Other equally good choices are: Cookie, Longrain, Chin Chin, and the list goes on.
Mrs Parma's: Craving a good old-fashioned Aussie Parma? Well crave no more - Mrs Parma's (Lt Bourke St, City) has saved the day. Besides a million different variations of the humble Parmagiana they also serve the GF variety. Hooray.
Portello Rosso: After a social night of tapas and Sangria? Go no further than Portello Rosso - Warburton Ln, City. With family members that are also gluten intolerant, this is a place that seriously knows the importance of a GF diet - and caters appropriately. Try the hot, spiced chocholate cake for dessert - to die for. Also try: Dig A Pony (Ballarat St, Yarraville) and Carino Tapas Bar (Mt Alexander Rd, Ascot Vale).